Mar 05

IE 8 and Google Gears

Gears, Microsoft, Tech with tags: , 4 Comments »

The IE 8 updates are out, and there are some great features that relate to Gears. Also, a lot of the features are standards based so we will see the functionality in other browsers too.

Six connections per host

Yay! The 2 connection limit has been so painful for rich Ajax development, especially when you get into advanced work like Comet. This small change is going to be huge.

Connectivity Events

Connectivity events allow websites to check when the user is connected to the network and receive notification of connectivity changes.

This is fantastic. A lot of developers want this functionality, and we have held off implementing it in Gears as it is actually quite tricky to do correctly. Having a version of this in the browser will be great, and Gears applications can leverage it.

DOM Storage

The simple storage for offline applications. I could see someone writing an app that uses DOM storage for simple cases, and Gears for the more advanced (SQL vs. name/value pairs).

Cross Domain

Cross domain is actually going to happen in 2008, which is very exciting indeed. By jumping in we can iron out the issues and end up with a real mashup world that is more than read only tools. I am assuming that this is also using standards such as postMessage.

Cross-domain communication is an integral part of AJAX development
and mashup Web applications. Internet Explorer 8 includes two
features to help you build cross-domain communications that are safe
and easy to implement:

  • With Cross-domain Request (XDR), developers can
    create cross-site data aggregation scenarios. Similar to the
    XMLHttpRequest object but with a simpler programming model, this
    request, called XDomainRequest, is the easiest way to make anonymous
    requests to third-party sites that support XDR and opt in to making
    their data available across domains. Three lines of code will have
    you making basic cross-site requests. This will ensure data
    aggregation for public sites (such as blogs) will be simple, secure
    and fast.
  • Cross-document Messaging (XDM) APIs allow
    communication between documents from different domains through
    IFrames in a way that is easy, secure and standardized.
Feb 01

IE7 bug that causes blank pages

Tech, Web Browsing with tags: , , 4 Comments »

IE 7

I was at my in-laws house and my blog wouldn’t show up in IE 7 on their computer. Hmm. It would just sit there and spin, and all you would see is a blank page.

After some digging, this isn’t a rare thing:


When you open a Web page in Windows Internet Explorer 7, the page is blank. However, if you refresh the Web page, its contents may appear.


This problem may occur when either of the following conditions is true:

  • The Web page uses the <SCRIPT> tag.
  • The Web page uses multibyte character set (MBCS) characters. For example, the Web page contains Japanese characters.

To fix the bugger I actually reinstalled Windows Script Host, rebooted, and all worked.

However, how many people are going to work that out / bother. Ouch.